Simonton Parent Newsletter

Friday, July 15, 2022

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Message from Ms. Perkins ~ Simonton ES Principal

Click on the link below to view a special message from Ms. Perkins.


https://drive.google.com/file/d/1acxWCLWgRExo2dFP-31tqel5rWuhHBsx/view?usp=sharing

1st Day of School

The first day of school for all students is August 3, 2022. Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st grade and ASD students (K-5) are the only students returning for in-person instruction that day. All other students will join their teachers online for instruction. See the schedule below for student return for in-person instruction dates.


August 3 ~ Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st & ASD Students (K-5) return for in-person instruction

August 4 ~ All students return for in-person instruction.

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MyPaymentsPlus

We are so excited to begin preparations for the 2022-23 school year. Simonton Elementary will continue to use MyPaymentsPlus (MPP) for you to electronically review and digitally sign required Gwinnett County Public Schools orientation forms. We encourage all families to create a MPP account. No purchase is necessary to have a MPP account. You will be able to read and digitally sign documents and/or make necessary payments. It is a great way for you to manage and keep track of all of your student payments and forms in one place throughout the school year.


MyPaymentsPlus is linked directly to your school’s student information system (SIS), enabling us to show real-time balances and invoices, and eliminating the need to call or visit your school in search of information.


Whether you’re viewing what your 2nd grader ate for lunch, renting a locker for your middle schooler, or purchasing a parking permit for that new driver in your family, MyPaymentsPlus ensures you never miss a beat, from Pre-K to graduation day.

Simply create a free MyPaymentsPlus account to get started today.


https://www.mypaymentsplus.com/welcome

Simonton ES Spiritwear

Simonton Spirit Wear

We are excited to offer Simonton ES spirit wear to students and families. An order form is attached below. Order forms will also be available at open house. You may also make your payment on MyPaymentsPlus.


All orders are due Friday, September 2, 2022

2022-2023 School Supply List

Attached is an updated school supply list. You can also find the list on the Simonton ES school website.


https://www.gcpsk12.org/SimontonES

Parent Portal

We know that families want easy access and one, go-to location for need-to-know information about their student's education— from records to resources. Just as important, you want an easy way to stay in touch with the school. The Updated Parent Portal gives parents access to grades, assignments, and communication with teachers. The Parent Portal gives families a direct line to the classroom, with 24/7 real-time information and anytime, anywhere access, with in-portal translation in multiple languages. And that's just the beginning...
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ParentVUE Spanish

Free and Reduced Lunch Application

The application for free and reduced lunch is now available. There will be no waiver in place to offer free lunch for all students. Please complete the application if you feel this is a service your family will need. All students who have not been approved for free or reduced lunch service will be charged the full price each day.


Free and Reduced Lunch Application

https://www.nlappscloud.com/Welcome.aspx?api=78f8fee54716f21218e523747d37a13c


Frequently Asked Questions about free and reduced lunch

https://www.gcpsk12.org/Page/29666

Open House/Meet Your Teacher Day!

At Simonton, we are committed to starting our school year building a strong relationship with students and families. We also understand the importance of keeping everyone healthy and safe. Please see the schedule for Open House that will take place on Friday, July 29, 2022.


8:30 - 10:15 am ~ Student last name A-M

10:15 - 12:00 pm ~ Student last name N-Z

SchoolMessenger

GCPS endeavors to notify parents in a timely manner relative to any schoolwide or districtwide emergencies or campus safety concerns. While letters may be sent home to parents affected by the occurrence, when circumstances require a more immediate notification, this information, as it becomes available, will be posted on the GCPS website (www.gcpsk12.org), Facebook page, and Twitter account (@GwinnettSchools). In addition, the district and local schools will communicate to families using phone numbers and email addresses provided by the parent/guardian. This contact information is used by GCPS to send emergency notifications such as school closings and safety alerts by phone, text, and/or email via SchoolMessenger. General/non-emergency notifications will be sent by email using SchoolMessenger.


In addition to verifying that your cell phone number is accurate in the system, you also will need to subscribe to the text message service if you wish to receive emergency texts from the school system. You can do so by texting the word “SUBSCRIBE” to the number 67587. You will receive an immediate response by text. If you do not, please contact your wireless provider, as some providers do not accept texts that use short code (SMS) messages. (Note: If you subscribed to receive text messages last year, there is no need to resub­scribe unless your number changed.)


SchoolMessenger messages from Gwinnett County Public Schools will come from the number 1-844-248-6644. Please add this phone number to your contacts so you can easily identify the call as coming from Gwinnett County Public Schools. If you miss a phone message, you can call this number back to retrieve and replay phone notifications.


Please note that an individual can opt out of receiving SchoolMessenger messages at any time. Press “5” on your phone while listening to a phone message broadcast through SchoolMessenger to initiate the opt-out process. Parents also can go to go.schoolmessenger.com, logging in with the email address they provided to the school, and select “Prefer­ences” to make changes regarding the various types of messages that may be sent.


https://www.gcpsk12.org/Page/26742

Simonton ES Afternoon Transportation Form

It is important for us to know how every student is expected to go home each day. The Simonton ES Transportation form will need to be completed for EVERY student. A copy of the form is attached and can be returned to your child's teacher. Copies will be provided at Open House on July 29, 2022.


*This form should be used each time a student has a change in transportation.

Simonton ES PTA

Join the Simonton ES PTA! Individual membership is only $6.00. Our awesome PTA has many great events and activities planned for this school year. We need your help to provide these great experiences for our kids.


*Movie and snack celebration (Parents must be members)

*Fall Festival

*Halloween Hair Day

*Winter Holiday Shop

*Sprit nights


Print the attached membership form and return it to the Simonton ES PTA. They will also have a table at open house. Sign up for a membership and volunteer to support an event!

GCPS Blueprint for the Future

Blueprint for the Future: Building the Bridge from Empathy to Excellence is our district plan, outlining the transformational work of Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) over the next five years.


Open the attached document to read more.

SIMONTON ELEMENTARY- WHAT WE STAND FOR

Vision

Simonton is committed to dynamic high quality instruction resulting in a passion for learning, leading and excelling.


Core Belief

Every Student Every Day, Deserves to Learn, Lead, and Excel


Commitments

  • We commit to giving our students a fresh start every day.

  • We commit to preparing quality and engaging lessons that will prepare our students to be successful in school.

  • We commit to teaching, modeling and holding our students accountable for appropriate school behavior.

  • We commit to providing our students with a structured and safe learning environment.

  • We commit to a great year of learning, leading, and excelling

Simonton Elementary School

Superintendent ~ Dr. Calvin J. Watts

Deputy Superintendent ~ Dr. T. Nakia Towns

Board Member ~ Mr. Steven B. Knudsen


Principal ~ Ms. Tamara G. Perkins

Assistant Principal ~ Mr. Nicholas Gilmore

Assistant Principal ~ Dr. Joe Sanfilippo

Assistant Principal ~ Mrs. Amy Steinberg